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WaterSafe approved plumbers are certified by our national accreditation body, with specific training in the UK’s Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
Hiring a WaterSafe approved plumber ensures that all plumbing work meets high standards and protects the quality of drinking water in your home and business, in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
When planning a plumbing project, you may wish to hire specialised contractors, rather than a fully qualified WaterSafe Plumber.
These Water Support Services contractors include:
These contractors are not approved WaterSafe plumbers, but they are recognised by the water company schemes APLUS, TAPS, WaterMark and WIAPS to carry out specific types of work in compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
Groundworkers can work on the supply pipe (the underground pipe) supplying your property, up to the internal stop valve.
Catering Installers can install commercial kitchen equipment.
Point of Use Installers can install cold water chillers connected directly to the mains.
For further information or help, you should contact the relevant water company scheme.
Find a local WaterSafe approved plumber to help with your emergency.
For leaks, burst pipes, or other plumbing emergencies, WaterSafe’s emergency search will give you the contact details of a plumber who can help right away.
If you have no water, very low pressure or concerns about the quality of your water, you should contact your local water company straight away.
WaterSafe is urging homeowners to be ‘lead aware’ this week to ensure their drinking water stays fresh and healthy.
The call comes during Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 25-31), a campaign led by the World Health Organisation to raise awareness of the devastating effects of lead worldwide.
The installation of new lead pipes to supply drinking water and the use of lead solder to join pipes has been banned in the UK for more than 25 years.
However, it is still possible to buy lead solder and cases of lead poisoning are still being recorded following its use by DIY enthusiasts or unqualified plumbers who are unaware of the danger.
Water companies recommend households and businesses use WaterSafe, an online search facility,to find recognised plumbing businesses whose plumbers have undergone specific training in the Water Fitting Regulations and Byelaws.
Julie Spinks, Director of WaterSafe, said: “Lead solder is about half the price of lead-free solder, so there is still a temptation for some to use it on plumbing which supplies drinking water.
“WaterSafe was set up by the water companies in the UK to help keep everyone’s water supplies safe and healthy and we would encourage anyone having work done on their household plumbing to visit our website and find a trusted and qualified plumber in their area.”
There are strict laws governing the amount of lead in drinking water and water companies regularly carry out tests on their own pipe networks and in customers’ homes.
Homes built before 1970 may have lead pipes so homeowners who believe they may have them are advised to contact their local water company for advice. The company may carry out a test to check the levels of lead in the water and will offer advice on replacing the pipes with new copper or plastic ones approved for drinking water.
For more information, download Water UK's 'Looking After Water in Your Home' booklet, produced in association with the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) or visit your local water company’s website.
To find your nearest WaterSafe approved plumbing business, use the WaterSafe plumber search or call 0333 207 9030.